Severe weather brings tornado warnings, some damage

A mobile home was damaged Saturday in severe weather between Carson Lake and Marie, in...
A mobile home was damaged Saturday in severe weather between Carson Lake and Marie, in Mississippi County.(Source: KAIT-TV)
Published: Mar. 29, 2021 at 8:02 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A storm system Saturday led the National Weather Service to issue nearly a dozen tornado warnings.

On top of that, four tornadoes were reported to have been found in Mississippi County.

They are:

  • EF-0 near Chelford
  • EF-0 near Bassett
  • EF-1 near Marie
  • EF-1 near Osceola

4 tornadoes were found in Mississippi County from Saturday's storms. EF-0 near Chelford, EF-0 near Bassett, EF-1 near...

Posted by Zach Holder, Region 8 Stormteam on Monday, March 29, 2021

The NWS issued warnings for parts of Cross, Crittenden, Mississippi, Poinsett, and St. Francis counties.

The weather service confirmed a large, extremely dangerous tornado was located near Osceola around 6:35 p.m.

Despite the tornado’s size, Mississippi County officials reported minimal damage and, according to the Office of Emergency Management, no one was hurt.

So far, seven tornadoes have been confirmed in Arkansas so far this year.

Osceola city officials reported no storm-related problems.

However, some damage was reported near Wilson and Marie.

Wilson Police Chief Curt Chandler said there were reports of two damaged mobile homes and one workshop in the area, along with power lines leaning.

In addition to tornado warnings and watches, the storm system also dumped flooding rains and large hail on other parts of the area, including Jackson County:

In Cross County, Sheriff David West reported utility poles down on Highway 1 between Vanndale and Cherry Valley, but otherwise there was little damage there.

By the end of the day, the storms had dropped at least three confirmed tornadoes in the state.

Entergy Arkansas reported 12,193 outages statewide due to the severe weather. Several counties, including Cross, Crittenden, Independence, Jackson, Mississippi, Poinsett, St. Francis, and White reported several outages.

According to Cross County Sheriff David West, utility poles were reported down on Highway 1 between Vanndale and Cherry Valley due to the weather.

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